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hawaii tonight to try to work on a bargain between democrats and republicans. brianna keilar is traveling with the president in hawaii and joins us now. good morning, brianna. did the president cut his vacation short or was it planned all along? >> reporter: he did cut his vacation short from what was initially planned which was to go through the new year, so yes, he cut it short. i think we have a sense he might be heading back to d.c., carol, you'll recall when talks fell apart last week between house speaker john boehner and the president as the president departed for hawaii he talked to reporters in the briefing room and he said "see you next week" so i think we had a sense he would be coming back earlier than initially planned and it was just a matter of when, not if, and he'll be heading back tonight, that's local time so he'll be traveling overnight, it's quite a long flight, nine or ten hours and he'll be back in d.c. by thursday late morning. >> any behind the scene talks over the holiday? >> reporter: right now the white house has been in communication with senate democrats but
in hawaii. he'll be joined on air force one, or he is joined on air force one right now -- they're in the air, actually -- by hawaii's lieutenant governor brian schatz, who is nominated to fill the senate seat left vacant following the death of senator daniel inouye. schatz is expected to be sworn in later this afternoon or this evening. >>> with the business of legislating stricter gun control, a "usa today"/gallup poll shows a split america. 58% of those polled want stronger gun laws, up 15% from october of last year, but when it comes to assault weapons, 44% of those polled support a federal ban, yet 51% oppose one, showing little movement over the last year. yesterday, philadelphia's mayor renewed calls for an assault weapons ban in the wake of the deadly shootings early monday that killed two firefighters in upstate new york. another teed off on comments made by the head of the nra, who told nbc's david gregory he favors armed guards at every school. >> i guess, you know, out of last week's bizarre press statement -- it wasn't a press conference -- i guess mr. lapierre woul
hawaii moment." and when i said that the president laughed very loudly and he caught himself back and he told this lovely story there meant meant that when things seemed to be going to hell in a hand basket he and rahm would sit in the oval office and think "what wild we rather be doing?" and obama said "we'd rather that v a t-shirt shop in hawaii selling t-shirts" then he paused for a second and said "maybe smoothies, too." and that's what we used to chat about. and rahm was saying maybe he just was thinking about the smoothies on hawaii. >> rose: that's an interesting detail about that. i saw rahm emanuel interviewed and i didn't get this from him yesterday. it's the idea that he still plays, a role. he's still connected to rahm emanuel and gives him advice when asks and asks him advice often. >> i think that would be smart. >> rose: let me talk toou, please, about nels mandela. you were his friend. he's 94 years old. he clearly has not been well: >> he's not well, charlie, he stopped having any kind of public events a couple years ago. he -- you know, a man who -- so much confidence f
-minute deal. for now president obama and the first family are celebrating christmas in hawaii and that's where our ed henry is traveling with the president now live in honolulu. ed? bottom line the president is here in hawaii but might not be here for long. shortly after christmas likely to go back to washington. try and broker some sort of a deal. you remember before he left for hawaii, he announced that he wanted more of a short-term deal. sort of scaled back stop gap measure so that that big grand 4 trillion-dollar. instead he wanted to extend tax cuts for the middle class. he wanted to extend benefits for 2 million people that will lose those benefits a week after christmas. republicans are saying they think the president actually wants to go off the fiscal cliff for political gain. take a listen. when i listen to the president i think the president is eager to go over the cliff for political purposes. additional tax revenue for new programs. he gets to cut the military which democrats have been calling for for years. and he gets to blame republicans for it. >> now, republicans are also sk
very good so far. we know that the president obama, on the way back from hawaii, worked the phones a bit, talking to the top four congressional leaders. speaker boehner, nancy pelosi, mitch mcconnell, and harry reid. earlier today, the senate majority leader sounded frustrated with the republicans in congress. >> nothing can move forward unless speaker boehner and mitch mcconnell are willing to come up with a bipartisan plan to participate. speaker boehner is unwilling to negotiate. we have not heard a word since neither mcconnell. nothing has happened. >> i should note that senator reid was due for a news conference later this afternoon. that has since been canceled. perhaps the senate majority leader has decided to do his talking behind closed doors and hammer out a deal. greg: filled with metaphors, no doubt. what a republican saying about the status of the fiscal cliff negotiations? reporter: they have been pretty quiet so far. we know the speaker of the house and the republican leadership team in the house is due for a conference call with members that are still back in their
state of hawaii. he was a world war ii medal of honor winner who lost an arm to a german hand grenade in italy. he became the first japanese american in congress and served 50 years in the u.s. senate. his death was announced by harry reid. >> the kindness that he has shown me for me time here in the senate has been something i will cherish always. a man who has lived and breathed the senate. he was that patriot. >> very kind words. president obama also a native of hawaii tweeted aloha yesterday. he died yesterday at 88 years old. >>> there is progress in talks on the fiscal cliff, but major sticking points still remain with just two weeks to go. a top republican says there is disagreement over spending cuts versus new taxes and until that could be worked out, there won't be any talks about the specific details. and wall street closed higher over signs of the talks. the dow jones rose 100 points for its biggest gain of the month. early markets overseas also higher because of capitol hill optimism. and a bounce back in china's economy. >>> a holiday miracle for drivers as plunging gas
. also, president obama comes back from hawaii for the year's final showdown with congress. >>> and syria's government unleashes its most sophisticated weapons of the war. missiles from iran. we'd like to welcome our viewers here in the united states and around the world. wolf blitzer is off today. i'm candy crowley and you're in "the situation room." >>> i want to begin with a crisis you probably don't know is coming and, of course, is just about to hit. barring a last minute deal, union dock workers at more than a dozen major ports will go on strike this weekend. meaning just about everything we buy, from clothes to cars, can't be unloaded. the strike would impact 14 port along the eastern seaboard in gulf coast, including the port of baltimore and that's where we find cnn's brian todd live. the potential impact of this is pretty big. >> reporter: it's huge, candy. right here, this is one of the most crucial ports for commerce in this region. the sieger terminal. you can see massive container ships sitting in port. this is the port terminal with the bustling operations, containers still
's. it's amazing what soup can do. >>> the president heading back to d.c. from hawaii to try to keep america from going over the fiscal cliff. as the house and senate reconvene tomorrow. the clock is ticking. six days until the deadline. the way things work in washington, can they actually get something done before the end of the year? brianna keilar, what is the latest on this? >> hi, there, drew. president obama will be heading home from hawaii tonight, logical time arri arriving in d.c. thursday morning when the senate will be reconvenin reconvening, and the senate, all eyes on now, that we look for the last-ditch effort to avoid the fiscal cliff. even though the president is returning on thursday, we may not see the senate roll out its bill to deal with the fiscal cliff. perhaps for a couple of days. this is entirely possible we've learned from sources as senate majority leader harry reid works to get republican support in the senate, which he will need if he's going to pass a bill. and so we're still waiting to see exactly what it will look like that the white house wants for th
and hawaii. officials tell cnn that the working assumption is that the north koreans got outside help from others, including iran. so today's launch is raising some huge concerns. let's go to our pentagon correspondent barbara starr. i assume they are pretty surprised and alarmed by the successful launch over at the pentagon? >> look, wolf, because of everything you just mentioned, indeed, the u.s. military, the intelligence committee have been watching north korea for days now 24/7 because they did expect to launch and they announced it. but they were having technical problems so a lot thought it wouldn't happen until next week. when it happened last week, there was a surprise. the north korean anchor's excitement was clear. >> announcing the launch of a long-range rocket that put a north korean satellite to orbit around the earth. they clearly achieved one goal raising everyone's anxiety level. >> this is a step towards the ability to build a long-range missile that could strike parts of the united states. >> but i don't think this really was a great advance forward. i think in terms of
. it was all part of the image thing, not just of him, but generally in hawaii, where in my mind there was some kind of line between sophisticated detachment and just slacker lately. and he exuded the sophisticated detachment. he has his act together in a way. he understood how things work, maybe a little better than the rest of us. >> guest: you know, that was when he was 15 or 16 years old. and you can see some of those characteristics today in his presidency. there are a lot of reasons for that detachment. part of it has to do with hawaii. he was a native hawaiian and you just keep cool. no matter what else is going on. he had not come ridership with his buddies. best of all, you know, just being cool. it was part of his formative years. he has always had that nature. another aspect is more developed and related, i would say, or politics, which is in this country and all of its racial dynamics and explosiveness, a black person was discussed as being very cool. >> host: how much pot smoking did the president do? >> guest: well, there aren't are particulars. you know, the whole notion of bill
. criminal charges against him were dropped. >>> the state of hawaii is no longer 50th in voter turnout. it's tied for 49th with west virginia. this time around, they've got company at the bottom. both west virginia and hawaii tenned out 44.2% of its voters in 2012. >>> the duke of cambridge decided to cancel a scheduled appearance at a military event to be with his pregnant wife. katherine has been battling acute morning sickness. they are supposeded to attend the royal premiere of "the hobbit" tomorrow but the daily mail says katherine may not be well enough to go. >> if he skips the hobbit for her, that is true love. i'll be impressed. >> thank you. 17 minutes past the hour. time for early reads, local news making national headlines. we're starting with the charlotte news and observer in north carolina where a federal judge ruled the state cannot issue choose life license plates without offering ones with different view points. he called it viewpoint discrimination and violation of the first amendment. pro-choice advocates and the aclu praised that decision but the ruling suggests, they
and planning was to move to hawaii but apparently missed a flight over the weekend. life long dream of his. friend of his says roberts was depressed about a breakup with his girlfriend. the two may have been evicted in june from an apartment. there is also a report he quit his job at a sandwich job abruptly last month. the lone surviving gunshot victim, 15-year-old girl is lucky to be alive because the bullet passed through her back. but hit no vital organs. >> this caseua, we saw is that despite the bullet probably not penetrating her chest, it produces a large blast effect. i think most of her injuries were a result of the blast effect, result of a high velocity weapon. >> she is expected to fully recover. >> it probably saved a lot of lives. >> yeah. absolutely. we heard last night there were a couple of shots off the bat and then a pause. that pause may have given crucial time for people who are right in the food court to get away from the gunman. also the mall and the local police had practiced for a scenario just like what happened yesterday within the last year. cops were on the sce
. on to the fiscal cliff this morning. the president cutting his vacation short in hawaii. the president plans to leave for washington tonight. congress expected to return on thursday. president, guys, not expected to actually arrive in washington until tomorrow morning. no talks scheduled that we know of as of yet. all the attention's going to turn to the senate, which tends to be more of a compromising body than the house is. >> yes. and the president is available in person if you should want to go over there and visit with him. or perhaps if he wants to visit with anybody else. the consensus seems to be if you get some sort of a deal, it's obviously not going to be the big deal. it will simply be something that extends the tax cuts for the vast majority of americans, at least those earning less than $250,000 a year. the consensus seems to be, carl, that if we don't get a deal by the second or third or fourth week, the super bowl week, we'll start to feel it in the economy. >> we had a notable sell-off. there is typically a bias on christmas eve, but the worst christmas eve performance for t
, they talked very nicely to one of the passengers, probably offered him, i don't know what, flights to hawaii or something, just to accommodate me in first class. >> you automatically get up graded now? i mean, do you have to pay for first class? or is it all coach -- >> i buy first class because it's important for me to be comfortable with all the flying i do. like i said, people say oh, how can you do it? i fly first class, and united, by the way, they have cnbc, "squawk box," on the flight this morning. >> they do. >> yes, they do. quite a few flights that show your show. >> what do you mean you fly first class? you don't pay first class? >> i negotiate a rate because of the extreme amount of travel i do. >> does anyone really pay those first -- i mean -- >> people do. >> not as much. they -- obviously upgrades is a very popular commodity -- >> upgrade frequent flyers? >> you can upgrade with miles. you can copay. there's a lot of different ways to upgrade. the average flyer kind of ge gets -- kind of has been spoiled through, you know, before united went bankrupt -- >> spoiled? i don't th
his hawaii vie cation today. at the top of this hour, expecting any minute on the senate floor that harry reid might come and give us some comment and guidance here on where to expect fiscal cliff talks to go over the next 48 hours or so. we know that the house of representatives will not be in session today but speaker bain he or she conferencing in his colleagues on a phone call this afternoon, all that up against a monday deadline. now we are told by game leadership that they will advise their numbers by saturday if they are going to bring them back into washington for a vote on anything on monday if there is a deal. there you see the united states senate is coming into session is this morning. we are going to keep an eye out for those remarks from senator reid, and of course, remarks on this fiscal cliff debacle have been moving the markets throughout the past couple of weeks, wait and see what harry reid has to say. guys, not a whole lot here to give those guys consumer confidence. >> the essence of poll takes what what we are seeing now this is no surprise, push comes to
journal" is next. ♪ host: good morning , president obama is in hawaii this weekend for the christmas holiday with his family. he will join a congressional delegation later today led by harry reid in services in holland -- in honolulu for late senator daniel inouye passed away last week that congress will return monday to continue fiscal negotiations. we will look at the options ahead for the president as the january deadline looms but we want to begin with your comments on another debate front and center in washington following the tragic shooting in newtown, conn. -- that is gun-control. "the washington post" said a bitter fight ahead. the numbers are on your screen. we look at some of the headlines on the sunday morning beginning with "the connecticut post." - you can see the flag remaining at half staff outside one of the churches in newtown, conn. following the burial of 20 children and six women killed about a week and a half ago. this is from the front page of today's "new york daily news." finally, from the front page is this report about what is ahead in terms of the gun cont
to hawaii. the president may not go to hawaii -- >> come on. >> oh, stop it right now. >> there's no way. he's got to go to hawaii. it's his home! he was born there whether trump believes it or not. >> majority leader reid says he doesn't believe there will be a deal by christmas. >> partly because of the mechanics. another incentive, we're told if the deal stretches out, if there's no deal, if they're trying to fight over the fiscal cliff in january, senate democrats will be less eager to take on susan rice as the secretary of state nominee. they've said the president would win that fight. they don't want to worry about the massachusetts seat. but if they have all this stuff swap into january. >> a related issue -- >> no, i have a feeling this is not going to be related at all. >> very related. willie, what do you think the life expectancy is in new york city? >> male or female or just overall? >> anybody. what would you think? >> i'll say 81. >> it's 81. >> is it really? >> howard wolfson just tweeted -- >> i made that up. >> move to new york city. it is a remarkable thing. >> thanks. >> t
. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlelady from hawaii seek recognitions. ms. any roneo: to address the house for one minute -- ms. hirono: to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. ms. horono: many of us were waiting to see if manti te'o would win the heisman. his story is compelling. manti is someone who has trained so hard with his parents solidly by his side to play football well. you should hear the stories by his father. he plays the game for the come rodry and the building of friendship. he's not only gifted but a very humble young man. ms. hanabusa: many may not know that he may not have played his senior year because he lost his girlfriend and grandmother within four days of each other. he did play because he promised his girlfriend that he would. manti, you have made many of us all proud, especially those of us from hawaii, and to you and to your teammates from hawaii, robby and kuna, we say, go, fighting irisha. mahalo and aloha. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentlem
in hawaii. the senate is coming back. the house of representatives meanwhile is going to hold a conference call for all republicans later on today. but it's not clear that all these folks, including the president, are going to have much to do when they do come back to town. there's no deal pending on the table here on the fiscal cliff and we're creeping up here on new year's eve. and then yesterday, as you just mentioned, treasury secretary tim geithner really upped the ante in dramatic stakes in the fiscal cliff end game by saying that the united states is going to hit its borrowing limit on monday. now he said the treasury can put in place some extraordinary measures and it has some wiggle room there but he said that the doubt and uncertainty over the fiscal cliff really clouds the prospect of exactly when the united states is going to hit its debt ceiling, statutory borrowing limit. so, that all adds a whole element of drama to all this. and it's really not clear, guys, at this point, how this thing is going to get resolved. but the house has said that it would like the senate now to go
's threatened by this. such a missile could reach alaska, hawaii, south korea or japan. that's one of the reasons that all of those countries have taken precautionary measures, the u.s. sending four warships to the region, south korea has a warship observing all the events. japan activating its anti-missile shield. the plan launched in provocation in direct defines of the security council. the state department said we have the un security council statement which strongly condemned their last launch and made clear that the council was determined to take action if there is a further launch and we stand by that, end quote. just what action the un might take remains unclear but the tightening of sanctions is almost a sure bet and given that much of the technology for north korea's missile program is imported, a stricter ban of technology sports from around the world may be in the offing. >> shepard: technical problems is the reason given for the delay. it sounds like a lot of analysts believe that could be a cover. >> reporter: that's what couple of south korean analysts are telling th
anchoring the news in honolulu, hawaii. distance involved, roughly 6,000 miles. my deadline to get the pie to her, 24 hours. cranberry apple, that's what went into the fedex box. for precious or fragile items, best to leave the packaging to the professionals. and our pie is out the door. for the next few hours, you see that purple line? that's our pie on its journey. headed from memphis, tennessee. why memphis? well, look at this place. this is fedex's global super hub, which at more than 800 acres, feels more like a military base than a shipping facility. and with christmas approaching, it's a military base that's gearing up for battle. let's check in on our pie, which they were kind enough to track just for us. it's coming in for a landing soon. so out on the tarmac where it's nonstop on the runways. then our pie is safely on the ground. normally it would be in one of these shipping containers. where is your pie? >> we have your pie right here. >> reporter: for now it's being carried so we can track it through our next stop. they call this the matrix. >> if you stand here 15 minutes, you
is cutting short his vacation to hawaii. he is returning to deal with economic matters, the fiscal cliff. if his death has been quietly talking with senate democrats are the christmas holiday to come up with a planned to avert or prevent the cliff. in the meantime, the senate does plan a session tomorrow. perhaps we will hear more about an agreement before the new year's deadline. the house is due tomorrow as well. we do not have an agenda and there. with the fiscal cliffhanging out there heading into the year 2013, do you have optimism or pessimism heading into the new ? you can also send in your comment via twitter, a post a comment on facebook, or write us an e-mail. the theme of optimism or lack of it is prevalent in the papers. wednesday with congress and the president heading back to washington. here is a headline on "usa today." in the wall street journal -- if the in "the washington post." we welcome your phone calls. we will get to them in a moment. we did find another piece at politico. there you have it in the papers this morning about people being optimistic or pessimistic ab
becoming greece. >> today, despite the president being in hawaii, the fiscal cliff is still on the agenda. kristen welker is with the president in honolulu. good day to you, kristen. what are you hearing there? >> reporter: alex, good morning to you. white house officials say this is very much a working vacation, no word if president obama has actually spoke on the congressional leaders at this point. i can tell you that conversations are going on at the staff level. but the reality is that the hard work, the final touches probably won't be put on these bills or this bill, rather, that they're hoping to get until lawmakers, the president, return to washington. and of course that won't happen until after the christmas holiday. this has a lot of people worried, alex, because as you say there's not a lot of time left to get a deal done. president obama, house speaker john boehner, were very close to getting a deal. president obama had given a little on entitlement reform, house speaker john boehner had given a lit until terms of agreeing to increase taxes. but they just couldn't get to the f
constitution. >>> and hawaii democrat daniel inouye is in the hospital, he has recently been seen using oxygen on the floor of the senate. he served in world war ii and won the medal of honor and witnessed the japanese bombing of pearl harbor and will mark 50 years in the senate on january 3rd. we hope he is recovering nicely. >>> parts of the country could see more rough weather. this one in volusia county, florida. two others in louisiana and alabama. reports as many as a dozen total. most of the south saw bad weather from rain to heavy winds. alexandra steele tracking weather for us this morning. good morning. >> good morning to you. 13 reports of tornadoes thus far. over 47 damage reports and you can see here, this was the line of a storm that moved through with the arctic front. the warm, moist air ahead of it. colder drier air behind it, and these are showing where you the tornado reports were. we have had two confirmed thus far, though. let me take you, and show you where one was. in baker, louisiana, an ef-1 tornado. winds, 90 miles per hour. roofs off homes, even commercial buildings
for the american people. >> reporter: of course the president would like to go to hawaii for the annual vacation. lawmakers would like to go home to be with families over christmas holidays. threatening to work through the holidays may get some people's attention, jon. jon: we haven't heard from the president so far today as far as i know. we heard from house democrats. what are they saying. >> reporter: we heard from leading house democrats, social security is off the table. the president says so. they are pushing republicans in the house to take up a vote on bush middle class tax cuts which obviously the republicans also want but want it is a part of a bigger deal. here is more from a leading democrat a short time ago. >> what about jobs? what are you guys doing down there? and the hard truth is speaker boehner has a difficult task. i believe that he will succeed in bringing his conference around. >> reporter: so a bit of optimism from a leading house democrat there, jon. jon: optimism is in short supply these days. we'll take all of it that we can get i guess. mike emanuel, thanks. >> reporte
right before he left for hawaii. he obviously has come back from the vacation. we're told behind closed doors one hour from now he will push the short-term fix to the republican and democratic leaders. the pressure is on them because economists said if they don't come up with a deal we may slip into another recession. earlier today republican senator bob corker is warning look, the markets have been relatively stable during all these talks because they thought all along near the end we would get a deal. if they don't get a deal, senator corker said the markets may respond in negative way to congress kicking the can down the road. gregg: corker said the president is doing this for show. this is optics, this meeting as if to suggest it is not serious. we'll wait and hear what you have to report after the meeting has concluded. ed henry, live at the white house. ed, thanks very much. the fiscal cliff crisis also taking a toll on consumer confidence, a key driver of the nation's economy. take a look at this. according to a new report from the conference board now just to explain, a score of
short his hawaii vacation to return to washington and coming up, signs that president obama maybe reaching out to another republican leader after his negotiations with house speaker john boehner did not result in a deal. >> well, traffic don't in downtown san francisco could grind to a halt. that's because today is the last scheduled critical mass event for the year. for those new to the area, on the last friday of every month, dozens of cyclists ride alightning the waterfront and down market street and drivers are always advised to expect delays. >> peeking of, we haven't really seen any this morning. let's go to tara and see if that changed. >> no, the same story. maybe a lot of folks headed up to the tahoe area. maybe they already left as a matter of fact because the skiing is going to be pretty good up there. right now i want to show you my maps so you can see exactly what i'm talking about up here. the roadways are completely clear and in livermore the same story. overall a very nice commute this morning. 237, those taillights there on the far right hand side of your screen w
, isn't it? >> the president is scheduled to go to hawaii a week from today. >> it's boehner and obama. >> there are things, there's a telephone. understand, they have phone service in ohio and hawaii. >> there's an urgency here that dave cody gets. why? because he has said, i'm not hiring until we get this stuff fixed. now, why doesn't that -- well, everybody, the job, small business job creator. come on, man. honeywell hires. that means other towns do great. that means you get into a very virtuous cycle mode. david, it is not about the small businessman. the little businessman doesn't do well unless the big businessman does well. >> who are they selling to? >> honeywell just hired 200 people. >> no doubt about it. >> the opening bell here at the new york stock exchange for a friday. top of the screen, the s&p 500. nasdaq, avago technologies. >> single-family rentals, homes for rent, single-family rentals, that's the way it's sort of getting all that notion, at least today that some people are locked out of credit. they are renters, or renters nation. >> the real estate investment tru
was in hawaii with my headquarters receiving briefings on the future activities that our navies will do together, looking, talking through the issues of the rim of the pacific exercise of which you mentioned that will happen in 20 # 14. we have a growing ability to have a dialogue at the military level that's frank and open. we do that through consulted talks that we do on a periodic basis, and then we build a calendar of events on the areas where we think we'll have the most opportunity to have success working together. we build that calendar of events, and so far, we're having a very good record on meeting objectives and actually completing them. right now, i believe there's, in this time frame, there's exactly -- but there's an hdr exercise we're doing in a bilateral way between the u.s. military, paycom, and the pla. i just sent letters to my counterparts, congratlating them on their promotions, and hoping that we continue to have is a good and open dialogue. in the end, it's, you know, we have the responsibility, the pl organization and the u.s. military have a responsibility to have a good
for the call. i am sure if the present is watching our program. guest: he is in hawaii. host: what you think about his question? guest: you are expressing the sentiment of a lot of people. i am and republican. i talked to a lot of employers in this country. they say, we are 10 or 11 days away from the start of the a. we do not know what taxes are going to look like. we do not know what the pay will tax, the dividend tax. how do you plan? this is a banana republic stuff. it is insane that we do not know what our tax system will be like in 10 days. i am as frustrated as a lot of guilt colors. host: an article with the headline, on the brain of a cliff. they lie that the government reported strong -- -- brink of a cliff. they write that the government reported strong economic numbers, providing critical support for additional spending. it gives rise to hopes that the economy is gaining enough momentum to enjoy a robust recovery in 2013. the housing market is enjoying a broad rebound and other signs are pointing up. if these signs show that the economy is moving forward and rolling, what is the
ever have your mustache slashed. >> never trust a black man unless he's born in hawaii without a mustache. >> gene robinson, do you concur? >> is any mustache safe in the world these days? i'm scared. i'm scared. >> i don't think it is. well, congressman, how are we doing in this effort to avoid the fiscal cliff? do you think it may -- we're encouraged around here at least that the president and john boehner are going to be talking face to face. >> are we naive? >> a little bit. >> sad without a second's hesitation. >> wow! >> look, it's a simple deal, but the circumstances are not simple. and i think we're going to get a deal, on my optimistic side, we're going to get a deal. my pessimistic side is it may be later. we may do something between now and january 1st, but there is no way we're going to do what needs to be done between now and december 31st. >> is that a good thing in terms of doing the longer term? >> we've got to deal with the payroll tax, or many americans are going to end up losing about $1,000 to $1,500 a year out of their checks. we've got to figure out how to
of minutes. in the meantime -- >> they are gentlemen. >> in the meantime, the president is in hawaii on vacation. washington lawmakers are on holiday. there's still no deal to avoid the fiscal cliff. the deadline is a week away. hampton pearson is in washington on the stalemate. >> as early as the day after christmas, congress and the white house will have to start to deal with what president obama called the real consequences of going over that fiscal cliff. >> nobody can get 100% of what they want. and this is not simply a contest between parties in terms of who looks good and who doesn't. there are real world consequences to what we do here. >> a short-term deal won't just focus on tax rates. the end of the payroll tax cut and the impact of the hike in the minimum tax on january 1st. over the weekend, we did hear from some republican moderates who say it may in fact be time to make some kind of a move. >> the president's statement is right, no one wants taxes to go up on the middle class. i don't want them to go up on anybody. but i'm not in the majority in the united states senat
through saturday morning because a bunch of them are going to hawaii for senator inouye's funeral. >> right. >> so that shuts down any work to be done on the 22nd, the 23rd and 24th. so then they have to come back the 27th -- as little time there is, there's even less. that's my point. >> do you think that the republicans are in any way, shape or form playing differently than they have before? has anything changed? are they -- is there -- >> yeah, i think the one thing that's changed, i don't think the republican party is united. and if boehner messes around too long, i think you'll start hearing more and more senate republicans in the rank and file start to complain loudly. >> that's the other question. >> you're hearing them grumble right now, but the grumble is going well, they're all looking at it on the bright side. well, maybe boehner's trying to bring along the conservative. they're, like, giving him this last moment. >> that's the other thing. remember in 2011 when it looked really bleak right before the debt ceiling, it was mitch mcconnell who stepped in and tried to find
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